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Šiauliai
Šiauliai
([ʃʲɛʊ̯ˈlʲɛɪ̯ˑ] ( listen)) is the fourth largest city in Lithuania, with a population of 107,086. From 1994 to 2010 it was the capital of Šiauliai
Šiauliai
County. Unofficially, the city is the capital of Northern Lithuania.[citation needed]

Contents

1 Names 2 History

2.1 World War I
World War I
and independent Lithuania 2.2 World War II 2.3 Soviet era 2.4 Mayors

3 Geography

3.1 Water 3.2 Climate

4 Demographics 5 Economy 6 Education 7 Parks 8 Transport 9 Communications 10 Sport 11 Twin towns – sister cities 12 Notable people 13 See also 14 References 15 External links

Names[edit] Šiauliai
Šiauliai
is referred to by a various names in different languages: Samogitian Šiaulē, Latvian Saule (historic) and Šauļi (modern), German (outdated) Schaulen, Polish Szawle, Russian Шавли (Shavli — historic) and Шяуля́й (Shyaulyai — modern), Yiddish שאַװל (Shavel). History[edit] The city was first mentioned in written sources as Soule in Livonian Order chronicles describing the Battle of Saule. Thus the city's founding date is now considered to be September 22, 1236, the same date when the battle took place, not far from Šiauliai. At first it developed as a defense post against the raids by the Teutonic and Livonian Orders. After the battle of Grunwald in 1410, the raids stopped and Šiauliai
Šiauliai
started to develop as an agricultural settlement. In 1445, a wooden church was built. It was replaced in 1625 with the brick church which can be seen in the city center today.[1] Šiauliai
Šiauliai
was granted Magdeburg city rights in the 16th century, when it also became an administrative center of the area. However, in the 16th to 18th centuries the city was devastated by The Deluge and epidemics of the Bubonic plague.[1] The credit for the city's rebirth goes to Antoni Tyzenhaus (1733–1785) who after a violent revolt of peasants of the Crown properties in the Northern Lithuania
Lithuania
(so-called in Polish: Powstanie Szawelskie, 1769), started the radical economic and urban reforms.[citation needed] He decided to rebuild the city according to the Classicism
Classicism
ideas: at first houses were built randomly in a radial shape, but Tyzenhaus decided to build the city in an orderly rectangular grid. Šiauliai
Šiauliai
grew to become a well-developed city, with several prominent brick buildings.[citation needed] In 1791 Stanisław August Poniatowski, king of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, confirmed once again that Šiauliai's city rights and granted it a coat of arms which depicted a bear, the symbol of Samogitia, the Eye of Providence, and a red bull, the symbol of the Poniatowski family. The modern coat of arms has been modeled after this version. After the Partitions of Poland, Šiauliai
Šiauliai
got a new coat of arms. The city grew and became an important educational and cultural center. Also, infrastructure was rapidly developing: in 1836–1858 a road connecting Riga
Riga
and Tilsit was built, in 1871 a railroad connecting Liepāja with Romny was built.[citation needed] Šiauliai, being in a crossroad of important merchant routes, started to develop as an industrial town. Already in 1897 it was the third largest city in Lithuania
Lithuania
with population of about 16,000. The demographics changed also: 56.4% of the inhabitants were Jewish in 1909. Šiauliai
Šiauliai
was known for its leather industry. Chaim Frenkel owned the biggest leather factory in the Russian Empire. World War I
World War I
and independent Lithuania[edit] During World War I, about 85% of the buildings were burned down and the city center was destroyed.[1] After the war and re-establishment of Lithuania, the importance of Šiauliai
Šiauliai
grew. Before Klaipėda
Klaipėda
was attached to Lithuania, the city was second after Kaunas
Kaunas
by population size. By 1929 the city center was rebuilt. Modern utilities were also included: streets were lighted, it had public transportation, telephone and telegraph lines, water supply network and sewer. The first years of independence were difficult because the industrial city lost its markets in Russia. It needed to find new clients in Western Europe. In 1932 a railroad to Klaipėda
Klaipėda
was built and it connected the city to the Western markets. In 1938 the city produced about 85% of Lithuania's leather, 60% of footwear, 75% of flax fiber, 35% of candies. Culture
Culture
also flourished as many new periodicals were printed, new schools and universities opened, a library, theater, museum, and normal school were opened. World War II[edit] See also: Šiauliai Ghetto
Šiauliai Ghetto
and Šiauliai
Šiauliai
Offensive In 1939, one fifth of the city's population was Jewish.[2] German soldiers entered Šiauliai
Šiauliai
on June 26, 1941. The first mass murder of Šiauliai
Šiauliai
Jews was perpetrated in the Kužiai
Kužiai
forest, about 12 kilometers outside Šiauliai, on June 29, 1941. According to one of the Jewish survivors of Šiauliai, Nesse Godin, some 700 people were shot in nearby woods during the first weeks of occupation after having been forced to dig their own graves. Beginning on July 29, 1941 and continuing throughout the summer of 1941, the Germans murdered about 8,000 Jews from Šiauliai
Šiauliai
and the Šiauliai
Šiauliai
region in the Kužiai forest. 125 Jews from Linkuva
Linkuva
were also murdered there along with ethnic Lithuanian and Russian members of the Communist Party and the Communist Youth.[3] The Šiauliai Ghetto
Šiauliai Ghetto
was established in July 1941. There were two Jewish ghetto areas in Šiauliai, one in the Kaukas suburb, and one in Trakų.During World War II, the Jewish population was reduced from 8,000 to 500. About 80% of the buildings were destroyed.[4][5] Soviet era[edit] The city was largely rebuilt anew in a typical Soviet fashion during the years of subsequent Soviet occupation. Mayors[edit]

1990–1991 – Kazimieras Šavinis 1991–1995 – Arvydas Salda 1995 – 1997 – Alfredas Lankauskas 2000 – Vida Stasiūnaitė 2002–2003 – Vaclovas Volkovas 2003–2007 – Vytautas Juškus 2007–2011 – Genadijus Mikšys 2011–2015 – Justinas Sartauskas 2015–"present" – Artūras Visockas

Geography[edit] Šiauliai
Šiauliai
located in eastern part of the northern plateau, Mūša, Dubysa and Venta River
Venta River
divide. Distance of 210 kilometres (130 miles) to Vilnius, Kaunas
Kaunas
– 142 km (88 mi), Klaipėda
Klaipėda
– 161 km (100 mi), Riga
Riga
– 128 km (80 mi), Kaliningrad
Kaliningrad
– 250 km (155 mi). The total city area 81.13 square kilometres (31.32 sq mi), from the green areas 18.87 square kilometres (7.29 sq mi), water – 12.78 square kilometres (4.93 sq mi). Urban land outside perimeter of the administrative 70,317 kilometres (43,693 miles). Altitude: Rėkyvos the lake water level – 129.8 m (425.85 ft) above sea level, Talsos lake level – 103.0 m (337.93 ft) in the city center – 128.4 m (421.26 ft), Salduvės Hill – 149.7 m (491.14 ft) above sea level. Water[edit] The total water area – 1,280 ha, 15.7% in urban areas.

Šiauliai
Šiauliai
Lakes

Rėkyva Lake, 1,179 ha Talkša Lake, 56.2 ha Ginkūnai Lake, 16.6 ha

River

Kulpė Rūdė Vijolė Švedė Šimša Tilžė Šventupis

Climate[edit] The average temperature in January; −3 °C (27 °F) in July; +18 °C (64 °F). The amount of precipitation in a year – 620 mm (24.4 in). In 1942, the city recorded the lowest Lithuania
Lithuania
year mean temperature (+3.6 °C).

Climate data for Šiauliai
Šiauliai
(1981-2010 normals)

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Record high °C (°F) 10.5 (50.9) 13.3 (55.9) 21.0 (69.8) 26.6 (79.9) 30.4 (86.7) 32.1 (89.8) 35.0 (95) 35.7 (96.3) 30.1 (86.2) 23.3 (73.9) 16.9 (62.4) 13.4 (56.1) 35.7 (96.3)

Average high °C (°F) −0.7 (30.7) −0.4 (31.3) 4.0 (39.2) 11.6 (52.9) 17.9 (64.2) 20.5 (68.9) 23.1 (73.6) 22.3 (72.1) 16.6 (61.9) 10.6 (51.1) 4.0 (39.2) 0.3 (32.5) 10.9 (51.6)

Daily mean °C (°F) −3.0 (26.6) −3.3 (26.1) 0.5 (32.9) 6.8 (44.2) 12.5 (54.5) 15.5 (59.9) 18.1 (64.6) 17.4 (63.3) 12.5 (54.5) 7.4 (45.3) 1.9 (35.4) −1.9 (28.6) 7.1 (44.8)

Average low °C (°F) −7.9 (17.8) −7.7 (18.1) −4.2 (24.4) 1.2 (34.2) 6.7 (44.1) 10.5 (50.9) 12.3 (54.1) 11.7 (53.1) 8.1 (46.6) 4.1 (39.4) −0.3 (31.5) −5.0 (23) 2.5 (36.5)

Record low °C (°F) −36.0 (−32.8) −36.4 (−33.5) −27.0 (−16.6) −13.2 (8.2) −3.5 (25.7) 0.1 (32.2) 5.2 (41.4) 2.1 (35.8) −5.7 (21.7) −8.5 (16.7) −19.3 (−2.7) −31.1 (−24) −36.4 (−33.5)

Average precipitation mm (inches) 41.7 (1.642) 30.7 (1.209) 35.9 (1.413) 34.5 (1.358) 50.6 (1.992) 72.5 (2.854) 71.7 (2.823) 69.4 (2.732) 55.2 (2.173) 63.1 (2.484) 51.3 (2.02) 44.6 (1.756) 620.8 (24.441)

Average precipitation days 11.4 8.9 9.2 7.3 8.7 10.7 10.0 10.2 9.6 10.8 11.1 11.9 119.8

Mean monthly sunshine hours 37 65 125 176 263 277 261 243 166 100 42 29 1,784

Source #1: Météo Climat[6]

Source #2: NOAA (extremes and sun)[7]

Demographics[edit]

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In 1795, there were 3,700 people living in Šiauliai, rising to 16,128 by 1897, when it was the second most populous city in Lithuania
Lithuania
after Kaunas.[1] The Jewish population of Šiauliai
Šiauliai
rose steadily through the second half of the nineteenth century, from 2,565 in 1847 to around 7,000 at century's end.[8] By the outbreak of World War I, 12,000 of the town's inhabitants were Jews, making Šiauliai
Šiauliai
majority Jewish.[8] A particular Jew called Shauli Bar-On had encouraged the Jews of Europe to come to Lithuania
Lithuania
because he saw enormous potential for success.[citation needed] A battlefield during the Great War, Šiauliai
Šiauliai
saw thousands of its denizens flee, never to return.[8] In 1923, Šiauliai
Šiauliai
population's was third to that of Kaunas
Kaunas
and Klaipėda. Economy[edit]

Shopping centre Saulės miestas

Beginning in the 19th century, Šiauliai
Šiauliai
become an industrial center. During the Russian Empire
Russian Empire
period, the city had the largest leather factory in the whole empire, owned by Chaim Frenkel. Šiauliai contributed to around 85% of all leather production in Lithuania, 60% of the footwear industry, 75% of the flax fiber industry, and 35% of the sweets industry.[citation needed] During the Soviet years, the city produced electronics, mechanical engineering, wood processing, construction industry. Most of the industrial enterprises were concentrated in urban areas. According to 2005 data,[citation needed] the city has:

Manufacturing and service companies – 3195 Commercial enterprises – 781 Shopping centers – 30, including

Akropolis, opened March 2009 Saulės miestas, opened March 2007 Bruklinas, opened November 2007 Tilžė, opened February 2008 Arena, opened November 2007

Education[edit]

Didždvaris gymnasium

Šiauliai
Šiauliai
State College

1851 Boys' Gymnasium (now Julius Janonis Gymnasium) was opened 1898 Girls' Gymnasium (now Didždvaris Gymnasum) was opened 1920 Jewish Gymnasium was opened 1920 Šiauliai
Šiauliai
Teachers seminary was founded 1928 Primary education became compulsory 1930 Vincas Kudirka primary school was opened 1939 The Institute of trade was moved from Klaipėda, it was the first Higher Education school in Šiauliai 1948 Šiauliai
Šiauliai
Teachers Institute was founded, in 1954 it became Pedagogical Institute, and since 1996, when the Šiauliai
Šiauliai
faculty of Kaunas
Kaunas
Polytechnic Institute was connected, it is Šiauliai University.

Students in city (in 2006):

In Šiauliai University
Šiauliai University
– 10,440 In Šiauliai
Šiauliai
College – 2,770 In Northern Lithuania
Lithuania
College – 700 In Šiauliai
Šiauliai
region College of Management and Languages – 517 In Šiauliai
Šiauliai
Conservatory – 149 In Šiauliai
Šiauliai
Vocational Training Center – 2,663

There are 8 gymnasiums, 7 high schools, 16 secondary schools, 7 primary schools, 9 children's non-formal education schools, 29 kindergartens. 21,000 students studied in general education schools in 2006. Parks[edit]

City municipality building

The city park to the creation of Anton Tyzenhaus essentially graduated Vladimir Zubov. The 19th century Park was the middle of regular rectangular shape, and age at the end was close to the English style of the free layouts. Citizens for a small fee was allowed to walk in the park. In 1931, Park and Alley chestnut was officially donated to the Šiauliai
Šiauliai
city municipality.[citation needed] Šiauliai
Šiauliai
has 16 parks, covering an area of 1177 hectares. Didždvario, province and Rėkyvos parks add to the cultural values of the registry. Transport[edit]

Trains in Šiauliai
Šiauliai
Train Station

Public transport
Public transport
buses of Šiauliai

U.S. Air Force F-15C in Šiauliai

Šiauliai
Šiauliai
has always been a major intersection. The famous Saulės battle took place near a trade route from Riga
Riga
to Bubiai and Tauragė.In 1836–1858 Riga– Sovetsk highway was built near it.[citation needed] About 1912, first cars appeared on city's streets.[citation needed] Highways passing through Šiauliai :

A9 / E272 Šiauliai
Šiauliai
Panevėžys
Panevėžys
(79 km) A11 / E272 Šiauliai
Šiauliai
Palanga
Palanga
(147 km) A12 / E77 Riga
Riga
Šiauliai
Šiauliai
Sovetsk (186 km). City has is western bypass A18.

In 2006 Šiauliai
Šiauliai
had 297 km (185 mi) of roads, of which 32% had a gravel surface. The longest streets are Tilžės street – 9.72 km (6.04 mi) and Vilnius
Vilnius
street – 5.67 km (3.52 mi) with 1.28 km (0.80 mi) of it being a pedestrian boulevard. In 1871 the Liepaja-Romny railway was built. The Tilžė– Riga
Riga
and Šiauliai–Klaipeda railways were built in 1916 and 1931, respectively. The city has a railway station. In 1930, an air strip was developed. It was expanded in 1961 during the Soviet period and developed into a large VVS base. It is now a military base for NATO, and home to the Šiauliai
Šiauliai
International Airport. The first passenger transport company in Šiauliai
Šiauliai
was founded in 1940.[citation needed] It was autotrestas, which had 29 buses. In 1944 a motor firm replaced autotresto. In 1947 the first taxi company, Šiauliai
Šiauliai
cars, appeared. Subsequently, to meet the needs of an increasing population, bus and taksomotorų autoūkis were added in 1955. In 2006, a modern bus station with a trade center was constructed. The city has 27 city routes, the maximum number is 29. Communications[edit]

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Šiauliai
Šiauliai
of communication in 1897 could be used not only for mail or telegraph, and telephone. Telephone subscribers in 1923 was 170, while in 1937 – 700 rooms. 1936; the city to install a phone machine.[citation needed] 1957, a television tower, which are equipped with radio and antenna lines. In 1995 launched the construction of cable television lines, 1998 started to install the cable internet, since 2003 – Optical Internet line. In 2008 the city has 14 post offices (central LT-76001). Sport[edit]

Šiauliai
Šiauliai
arena

Since 1924 soccer was played in Šiauliai. By the year 1936 there were 14 soccer teams in the city. Later other sports also started to be played professionally: basketball, handball, rugby, hockey, athletics, cycling, boxing and other sports. On 25 July 2007 in preparation for the 37th European men basketball championship, a modern Šiauliai Arena was opened to the public.

Club Sport League Venue

BC Šiauliai Basketball Lithuanian Basketball League (LKL), Baltic Basketball League
Baltic Basketball League
(BBL), Eurocup Šiaulių arena

FK Šiauliai Football The A League A Lyga Šiaulių stadionas

ABRO- Saulė Basketball

Šiaulių sporto rūmai

RC Vairas Rugby union Lithuanian Rugby Championship Zoknių stadionas

RC Baltrex Rugby union

Talšos stadionas

RC Šiauliai Rugby union

Talšos stadionas

Šiauliai
Šiauliai
central square

Twin towns – sister cities[edit]

Iron Fox

Šiauliai
Šiauliai
is twinned with:[9]

Khmelnytsky, Ukraine Częstochowa, Poland Omaha, United States[10] Baranovichi, Belarus Fredericia, Denmark Jelgava, Latvia Kaliningrad, Russia Kristianstad, Sweden Pärnu, Estonia Etten-Leur, Netherlands Plauen, Germany

Notable people[edit]

View of Siauliai

Šiauliai
Šiauliai
Cockerel Love Clock is a popular meeting and dating place

According to the population census of 2001, ethnic Lithuanians comprise 93%, Russians – 5%, and the remaining 2% consist of Ukrainians, Belarusians, Jews, Roma, Latvians, Armenians and other ethnic groups. About 94% of the city's population consider Lithuanian their native language, 5% are Russian speakers and the remainder speak Ukrainian, Belarusian, Latvian, Roma, Armenian etc. About 80% of those older than 20 have a command of the Russian language, while only 17% can speak English and 7% – German.[citation needed] The list of notable people who were born in Šiauliai:

Regimantas Adomaitis, movie and stage actor, born here André Andrejew, a classic Russian and French movie art director, born here Šarūnas Bartas, film director, born here Wojciech Buyko, Polish classic photographer, born here in 1882 (†1942?) Virgilijus Noreika, opera singer, born here Yosef Shalom Eliashiv (image), rabbi, and grandson of a kabbalist Rabbi Shalom Ben Hayim Haikel Eliashiv zt"l (Leshem), a native of this city Jacob Gens, self-proclaimed Vilnius
Vilnius
Ghetto police commander under the Nazi occupation (1941–1943), born here (1903) Nesse Godin, Shoah survivor and Shoah awareness advocate in the United States. Robertas Javtokas, professional basketball player Olga Jegunova, classical pianist Veniamin Kagan, mathematician specializing in geometry Samuel Kessel, father of Joseph Kessel, physician was born here Igor Kisiel, scientist, professor at the Technical University of Wroclaw, born in Illovieciai near Šiauliai Albrycht Stanisław Radziwiłł, magnate, noble, a duke and a politician. He held the post of Starosta (city foreman) of this city. Jan Sawicki-Stella, colonel in the Russian army who during the insurrection against Russia
Russia
in 1863, went to fight on the Polish-Lithuanian side, born here Meyer Schapiro, art historian, born here Henrietta Schumann, concert pianist, born here in 1909 before emigrating to America in 1924. Antanas Sireika, born near Šiauliai
Šiauliai
was a coach for a hometown basketball team for many seasons. Olegas Truchanas, Lithuanian photographer, went to school here, recognized in Australia for his ecological conscious photography Wiktoryn Witkiewicz, father of the legendary Russian envoy to Afghanistan Jan Prosper Witkiewicz, has been the Vice-Marshall of Šiauliai
Šiauliai
in Kingdom of Poland Mindaugas Žukauskas, professional basketball player was born here Marius Žaromskis, mixed martial artist fighter Dovilė Dzindzaletaitė, athlete triple jumper, Lithuanian national record holder and former European Under-23 Champion, World Junior silver medalist, wife of British former World Indoor 60 metres champion Richard Kilty.

See also[edit]

BC Šiauliai Telshe yeshiva Hill of Crosses

References[edit]

^ a b c d "History of the city". Šiauliai. Retrieved 22 August 2016.  ^ Urieli, Assaf. "Shavl – שאַװל – Šiauliai, Lithuania". Kehila Links. JewishGen. Retrieved 26 April 2012.  ^ "Mass Murder of the Šiauliai
Šiauliai
Jews at Kužiai
Kužiai
Forest". Holocaust Atlas of Lithuania. Vilnius, Lithuania: Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum. 2010.  ^ Levin, Dov (2008). "Šiauliai". Encyclopaedia Judaica. The Gale Group.  ^ Bubnys, A (2002). The Fate of Jews in Šiauliai
Šiauliai
and Šiauliai Region" – The Šiauliai
Šiauliai
Ghetto: Lists of Prisoners 1942. Vilnius.  ^ "Météo Climat stats for Siauliai". Météo Climat. Retrieved 17 October 2017.  ^ "Siauliai Climate Normals 1961–1990". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved March 22, 2015.  ^ a b c Stanislawski, Michael. "Šiauliai". The YIVO
YIVO
Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe. YIVO. Retrieved 22 August 2016.  ^ "International relations". Retrieved 29 April 2014.  ^ "The History of Omaha Sister Cities Association." Omaha Sister Cities Association. Retrieved 12/8/08.

http://www.eilatgordinlevitan.com/siauliai/siauliai.html External links[edit]

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website Šiauliai, Lithuania
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at JewishGen

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